Earlier this morning, Nintendo held a press conference to announce some new details about the impending launch of the WiiU.
Firstly, the console will launch Sunday, November 18th at two different price points. The “Basic Set,” which includes a white console with 8GB of onboard storage will cost $299. There is a “Deluxe Set” which will be probably be the defacto lead version of the model that costs an extra $50, but offers 32GB of storage, to go along with a bundled console stand and GamePad charger. It also will come with Nintendo Land packed in to add more value.
There were two other big announcements. The first of which is that there will be a Nintendo TVii (groan) service that allows WiiU owners to access their cable and satellite channels (no word on licensing agreements) as well as access to the usual suite of streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu+, and others.
The other announcement was of the roughly 50 games that will be available in the “launch window” (here defined as November 18th, 2012 through March 31st, 2013). These include Bayonetta 2 exclusively for the system, as well as favorites such as Madden NFL 13, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3, and others.
We will have more on the WiiU as we get closer to November!